Premorbid Characteristics and Wandering Behavior in Persons with Dementia

Jun Ah Song, Donna Algase

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This study aimed to explore relationships of premorbid personality and behavioral responses to stress with wandering behavior of persons with dementia in long-term care facilities. Ambulatory residents (N = 108) with dementia were selected from 21 long-term care facilities. The Mini-Mental State Examination, the NEO Five-Factor Personality Inventory, the Behavioral Responses to Stress Scale, and the Revised Algase Wandering Scale-Nursing Home Version (RAWS-NH) were used as data collection tools. When the MMSE and age were controlled, regression analyses revealed that premorbid extroversion and premorbid negative verbalization stress response were significant negative predictors for the overall RAWS-NH and some subscales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-327
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec

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Funding Information:
This study was partially supported by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research grant (RO1 NR04569) awarded to Dr. Donna Algase at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing, for her study titled “Wandering: Background and Proximal Factors” and by a Korea University Grant awarded to Dr. Jun-Ah song at the Korea University, College of Nursing, for her study titled “Premorbid personality and behavioral symptoms in Korean elders with dementia".

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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